Thousands of bottles of Silver State Sanitizer are being manufactured every day at Northern Nevada Correctional Center.
Silver State Industries, the industrial arm of the Nevada
Department of Corrections, has launched a hand sanitizer manufacturing program
to increase the supply for medical personnel, corrections, and other law
enforcement throughout Nevada.
“NDOC saw a need for additional protective measures for
their staff, and for others in Nevada who are serving on the front lines in the
fight against COVID-19,” said Charles Daniels, NDOC director. “Offenders at
Northern Nevada Correctional Center are now producing thousands of bottles a
day to meet this urgent demand for personal protective equipment.”
Hand sanitizer is a valuable tool in the fight against
COVID-19 and an effective hygiene option when soap and water are not available.
Providing hand sanitizer to protect Nevada’s essential workers like
corrections, law enforcement and medical providers is one way NDOC is
supporting the state during the COVID-19 response.
Starting in early March, William Quenga, deputy director of
industrial programs at NDOC, began working with Nevada’s Department of Health
and Human Services to coordinate and locate supplies needed for hand sanitizer
Hundreds of gallons of distilled water, ethanol (supplied by Bently Heritage), glyercine, and isopropyl.
Barrels, tubes, nozzles, and other equipment for
2 ounce, 10 ounce, and one gallon plastic bottles to hold
the hand sanitizer.
Paper labels, shipping boxes, and trucks for distributing.
“I’m really proud of Silver State Industries and our State
of Nevada partners for quickly bringing all of these components together,” said
Quenga. “I’m also proud of our offenders for working hard to produce something
so important during this pandemic. We now have a pipeline of supplies in place,
and can produce thousands of bottles a day as demand requires.”
Once manufactured, the hand sanitizer is being shipped
statewide to hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies, police stations, and NDOC
facilities. This distribution network was established by DHHS.
“Quickly getting hand sanitizer into the field is an
important part of Nevada’s response to COVID-19,” said Richard Whitley, DHHS
director. “Despite the global shortage of hand sanitizer, Nevadans should know
that their medical and law enforcement professionals have this protective
measure in bulk.”
The availability of hand sanitizer is just one of many
public health measures the department is taking to detect and slow the spread
of COVID-19 in Nevada. At its own facilities, NDOC suspended visitation, screens
all staff and offenders for symptoms of COVID-19, and employs Surface
Sanitation Teams to thoroughly clean surfaces using a 10% bleach solution,
among other pro-active strategies.
For more information about Silver State Industries, please visit www.ssi.nv.gov.
To learn more about NDOC’s response to the COVID-19
pandemic, please visit
For more information on COVID-19, please visit NV Health
Response at www.nvhealthresponse.nv.gov.